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general, and our Harlem Division in particular by inviting
me to lunch. We became good friends thereafter. Pearlman
told me, “If we could only drop that whole division of the
railroad we would. It's a pain in the neck.”
When I told Mr. Pearlman that I had always dreamed
of riding in the cab of the engine of the Twentieth Century
Limited, he gave me permission to do so. So one happy
evening I went over to Croton where they change from the
electric engine to the Diesel.
Harmon, you mean?
Harmon, yes. I rode the engine from Harmon up to
Albany. I was allowed to blow the whistle. You pull the
rope and blow the whistle. I did this all the way up to
Albany. At Albany I got out of the engine and went back to
have dinner. I was on my way to Chicago. In the diner I
met Raymond Loewy, the designer, and his very beautiful
wife, Viola. They were very good friends. I said, “Isn't
this a wonderful ride?" Raymond Loewy said, “It's the damn
noisiest train that I ever rode on. The damn whistle never
stopped blowing.” I said, “That was I.” Loewy didn't
forgive me for weeks.
Did you take any of your sons? I was thinking it would
be such a great experience for boys.
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